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Sixties Fashion: From 'Less is More' to Youthquake [Hardcover]

Jonathan Walford
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21 Oct 2013
By the end of the decade, styles, markets, materials, demographics, inspirations and the very definition of fashion had been transformed. The young generation wanted informal but stylish clothes, and self-expression was paramount. Fashion had given way to style. Jonathan Walford charts these revolutions, from Londons mod youthquake to the yé-yés in Paris via the flower children and Afro movement in the US, and shows how a new internationalism changed the fashion landscape, as London, New York, Florence, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Madrid and Rome challenged the dominance of Paris haute couture.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (21 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516935
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 23.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exquisite photography ... fashion mavens will swoon over the cocoon cocktail coats and Pucci prints. --The Lady

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5.0 out of 5 stars From 'Less is More' to Youthquake 16 Jan 2014
By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book is an excellent read, and is accompanied by an endless collection of high quality pictures. It marks the decade in a single transition; where technology and culture each influenced how designers considered their work. The author describes does a decent job of completing this almost in story-like fashion, but is perfectly summarised as the end of fashion and the beginning of style.

Even if you don't have time to read each chapter, the book still makes an excellent 'coffee table' piece due to the depth of its images. Clearly a lot of time and research have been put into collecting these photographs and graphics, but I expected little else from Thames and Hudson, who are one of the best publishers on the market.

I can imagine this book would be perfect for any fashion students out there, as it not only offers inspiration, but it packed with excellent information to cite.
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By Robert Groom TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Mostly featuring haute couture of the period, and female fashion at that, this is a serious and wide-ranging study of the catwalk styles and fashions of the era. It does branch out on occasion into street fashion and the odd reference to shoes and hats, but it's main focus is on the styles which were likely seldom worn in the street. You're not going to see what Jack and Jill Public were wearing to walk down to the town to do their grocery shopping in.

There are plenty of photos, mostly in colour, and the text woven around them leads you through the history of that decade of fashion with an authoritative and convincing air. The author clearly knows his sixties fashion very well, or has done his research in a great deal of detail.

A weighty and very good quality hard-backed volume, it certainly represents good value for money at its current advertised price, but its target market is likely to be reasonably limited to film wardrobe designers, fashion historians and design students with an interest in sixties fashion.

If it sounds like it's for you, then it probably is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swinging Fashion 8 Dec 2013
By Michael Ward VINE VOICE
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My wife responded with a cry of joy when I gave here this book to look at and comment on, and I watched her as she opened and thumbed through it with a developing smile on her face. She loved it! She has now had a more in depth study and is still as delighted as she was on that initial view. Yes we are survivors of the swinging sixties and she kept saying, "Ooh I had one like that" as she read through the book.

The volume is richly illustrated with wonderful colour pictures, and the entire production is a credit to Thames & Hudson, the publishers, and Jonathan Walford the author. The text is authoritative, although on occasions, and with my 'noughties' head and not my sixties one I realise that at times it verges on hyperbole. The image of Shrimpton on page 159 is the one I remember (or very like it) and is as iconic as they get, but one could say that about many of these pictures.

A great reference book and a fun coffee table tome, and a real bargain at 20 or thereabouts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive fashion book! 28 Nov 2013
By lovemurakami TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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What an excellent addition to any bookshelf Sixties Fashion would make. Not only is it full of excellent photographs printed on quality paper but it also has an easy to read but thorough insightful text on the development of fashion over the 1960's, looking at the impact of designers from around the globe and how they changed and challenged the face of fashion.

I love fashion books and have not seen alot of the images used, so for any fashion aficionado this would make an ideal gift. Jonathan Walford has clearly researched the period and writes on the subject well, making this one book you could sit down and read over a few sittings or one to dip into.

This is much more than a coffee table book, but that isn't surprising as its' publishers Thames and Hudson produce are known for their highly informative non fiction range which are always filled with beautiful images to support the text.
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By Roland Cassard VINE VOICE
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What is particularly good about this book is that the clothes themselves are very well reproduced. Alongside archive photographs of the items being worn, the book is filled with photographs of the items themselves, usually on mannequins, reproduced often full-page, so that the reader has the opportunity to examine the fabric, the patterns and the way the clothes hang. The photographs of the garments on the mannequins mostly come from the Fashion History Museum in Ontario and are worth the price of the book alone.

As an overview of women's fashion in the 1960s, the book is certainly thorough. The author, Jonathan Walford, certainly knows his stuff. I am an enthusiast for retro clothing and I learned a lot from the book. I am sure that even fashion historians would come away from reading this book having gleaned new insights into the way fashion developed over the 10 years of the 1960s. Men's fashion doesn't get much of a look-in, which is a shame, given how ground-breaking men's fashion was in the 1960s, perhaps a companion volume looking specifically at menswear would be a good idea?

A gorgeous book, elegantly designed and written with obvious love for and knowledge of the subject. A great gift for any fashion fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Stroll down the 60's
Being a Fashion book , I would have like to have seen a bit more in the way of Men's Fashion , but this actually concentrates more on The Women from the 60's..... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. A. R. Banyer
4.0 out of 5 stars The decline of couture
With a mixture of chronological and thematic chapters, "Sixties Fashion" analyses a decade which 'saw the death of fashion and the rise of style'. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eleanor
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I like pictures in these kind if books. There are a lot of them here so its great eye candy!. The sections cover the work of fashion designers, with paper dresses includong in the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Denny S. Abeykoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've seen...
Album-sized and crammed with images, the majority of which are in colour, this is arguably one of the best books on the Sixties - let alone fashion - I've seen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Apollo 11
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn to the Left
I have a few books that could be referred to as `Coffee Table Books'. The type of things that is so large that it could be used as a coffee table itself. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant record of huge changes in fashion
Documenting the changing fashions of the 60s with excellent photos throughout. It is a reminder of how much changed so quickly. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Phillyfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for vintage fashion fans
Sixties Fashion - from Less is More to Youthquake is a fabulous book about fashion from the 1960s. The book tells the story of the different fashions in clothes, labels, hair and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Candi Says
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! Buy it now!
Well this is a surprise. A book that looks like one of those fabulous coffee-table books from DK, but is from Thames and Hudson. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas Pots
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